Over the years, Georgia has lost some pretty incredible things. We’re talking about places that used to be frequented, stadiums where we once cheered on our favorite teams and food we once indulged in. Perhaps these photos below will bring up memories of a past in Georgia that some knew all too well. Take a look at a few things you can’t do anymore in our fine state:
1. Cheer for the UGA Goat.
Before the bulldog became the well-known UGA mascot, the college had a long run with a few other mascots. In fact, the football team's very first mascot was said to be a goat. GO, UGA GOATS!
2. Visit the Ponce de Leon Amusement Park.
The Ponce de Leon amusement park was built on the site of Ponce de Leon Springs in the early 1900s. It was a family fun amusement park, serviced by an electric streetcar line. Unfortunately, it met its demise in the 1920s, and now is known as the Ponce City Market.
3. Watch the Atlanta Flames or the Atlanta Hawks in The Omni Coliseum.
Until 1992, the Omni Coliseum had the largest indoor seating capacity in Georgia at just over 16,000. This unique egg-shaped arena served as home to the once-popular Atlanta Flames along with the fan-favorite Atlanta Hawks. Unfortunately, the arena met its end in July 1997.
4. Rock out to R.E.M. at The Church Sanctuary in Athens.
The band R.E.M. played their very first show at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Athens, Georgia in 1980. They were known as the Twisted Kites at the time, but changed their name a few weeks after the show. Unfortunately all that remains of the famed church is the crumbling steeple.
5. Order up a meat-and-two.
There aren't many places in Georgia that you can still order a meat-and-two and be content with your meal. In fact, the only place that comes to mind is Rexall Grill. Can you name any others?
6. Ride the carousel at The World of Sid and Marty Krofft.
Believe it order not, this was the world's first completely indoor amusement park. It was based on the various TV shows produced by the sibling duo Sid and Marty Krofft, and featured elaborate attractions such as the large mythological-creature carousel and the pinball-machine-themed ride.
7. Drink Beer for 25 cents.
In Athens, Georgia there was a hamburger joint called Allen's where you could get a beer for 25 cents. The B-52s sung about it in their song "Deadbeat Club". Unfortunately, the spot closed in 2004, before we could snag a few brews.
8. Catch a UGA preseason practice.
While fans of many SEC teams are allowed into at least some preseason football practices, such is not the case for UGA. The school is very particular about keeping practice and plays strictly under wraps.
9. Check out some amazing stand-up at The Last Resort.
The Last Resort was a downtown nightclub in the late 1960s and '70s and welcomed an array of comedians to perform stand up, like wild and crazy guy Steve Martin. Did you ever catch a show?
Do you remember any of these places and things? What other fun things are you not able to do in Georgia anymore? We’d love for you to share your memories with us!